With the start of the regular season just hours away, I've waited as long as possible before taking a stand. Here are my picks for the major NBA awards and the playoffs this season:
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER -- LeBron James, Cavaliers. He's still getting better, and that's scary.
COACH OF THE YEAR -- Phil Jackson, Lakers. It's absurd that's he's won this award only one time previously.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR -- Tyreke Evans, Kings. Would have gone with Blake Griffin before learning he will be sidelined six weeks with a stress fracture of the patella. Maybe the Clippers are cursed.
SIXTH MAN -- Manu Ginobili, Spurs. If he's healthy, he'll have a big year.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER -- Dwight Howard, Magic. Controls the paint and is a rebounding machine.
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS -- Celtics over Cavaliers.
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS -- Lakers over Spurs.
NBA FINALS -- Lakers over Celtics.
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